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Revision Date: 22-Jul-24

Fall 2024 | PSY-1050-VN01 - Human Growth & Development

In Person Class

Standard courses meet in person at CCV centers, typically once each week for the duration of the semester.

Location: Newport
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday, 12:15P - 03:00P
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-10-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 3 (as of 07-25-24 6:05 AM)
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Judith Castonguay
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kate Hughes

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is a survey of human growth and development throughout the life cycle including physical, cognitive, linguistic, ethical, and psychosocial dimensions.

Essential Objectives

1. Compare and contrast two major theories of developmental psychology.
2. Identify and discuss issues in human growth and development arising from differences in gender, race, and socioeconomic status.
3. Select one theory and discuss the major aspects of each stage of growth according to physical, cognitive, language, and social dimensions.
4. Explain how both environmental and genetic factors influence growth and development.
5. Apply the main concepts and principles of one developmental theory to the development of an individual.
6. Describe the process of empirical and ethical research (both cross-sectional and longitudinal) as it is commonly practiced and applied in the field of developmental psychology, including how that research informs contemporary issues.
7. Distinguish between fact and opinion, recognize unstated assumptions, and evaluate arguments according to the quality of supporting evidence in the literature.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

This course uses one or more textbooks/books/simulations.

Fall 2024 textbook details will be available on 2024-05-20. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be specific to this class. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks/books.

PSY-1050-VN01 Link to Textbooks for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Artificial Intelligence(AI) Policy Statement

CCV recognizes that artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI tools are widely available and becoming embedded in many online writing and creative applications.

Prohibited: The use of generative AI is not allowed in this course, with the exception of spellcheck, grammar check and similar tools. This course rests in the value of students engaging in the learning process without relying on AI-generated content. Students will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills independently, owning their learning journey from start to finish. If you use these tools, your actions would be considered academically dishonest and a violation of CCV's Academic Integrity Policy.


  1. Class meetings will consist of lectures, small and large group discussions, and hands-on activities.
  2. Videos and articles may be used as they relate to course content.
  3. Three exams will be given to assess student learning. All exams are take home - done outside of class - and can be completed using texts, class notes, and resource materials.
  4. Students will be asked to keep and hand in a weekly journal commenting on reading assignments and/or class discussions/activities. Some weeks, specific journal prompts may be assigned.
  5. Each student will complete a "life-cycle" timeline.
  6. Each student will conduct two interviews - one with a person aged 25 - 65 and one with a person aged 65 or over.
  7. Each student will complete a final project which will be chosen in collaboration with the instructor. Options for the final project include a research paper, a case study, an interview, a power point presentation, or a class presentation.

Evaluation Criteria

Evaluation Criteria:

1. Regular participation in weekly classes and online discussions and activities if assigned.

2. Satisfactory completion of exams.

3. Satisfactory completion of weekly journal entries.

4. Satisfactory completion of timeline.

5. Satisfactory completion of interview activities.

6. Satisfactory completion of final project.

Grading Criteria:

attendance/participation: 75 points (a total of 5 points weekly is possible - this includes attendance and participation in all classes, as well as online discussions and activities if assigned - missed classes can be made up in collaboration with the instructor

exams: 90 points (30 points each)

journal entries: 70 points (14 journals at 5 points each)

interviews: 60 points (30 points each)

timeline: 35 points

final project: 70 points


Letter Grade Criteria:

360 - 400 - A (392 - 400 - A+; 372 - 360 - A-)

320 - 359 - B (352 - 359 - B+; 332 - 320 B-)

280 - 319 - C (312 - 319 - C+; 292 - 280 C-)

240 - 279 - D (272 - 279 - D+; 252 - 240 D-)

0 - 239 - F

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments



"Hermeneutics, Systems, Perspectives, Domains, & Controversies"


Power Point


Class Discussions & Activities

In-Class Mandala Project



"Developmental Psychology as a Science - The Scientific Method & Research"

"The Big Questions of Developmental Psychology"


HDEV Chapter 1

Power Points


Class Discussions & Activities

Journal #1 Due



"Theories of Development Part 1"


HDEV Chapter 1

Power Point


Class Discussions & Activities

Journal #2 Due



"Theories of Development Part 2"

"The Human Brain"


HDEV Chapter 1

Power Points


Class Discussions & Activities

Journal # 3 Due



"Heredity & Environment - Nature or Nurture?"


HDEV Chapter 2

Power Point


Class Discussions & Activities

Journal #4 Due



"Prenatal Development & Birth"


HDEV Chapters 2 & 3

Power Point


Class Discussions & Activities

Take-Home Exam #1 Passed Out

Journal # 5 Due



"Infancy & the First Two Years"


HDEV Chapters 4 - 6

Power Point


Class Discussions & Activities

Exam #1 Due

Journal # 6 Due



"The Play Years/Early Childhood"


HDEV Chapters 7 & 8

Power Point


Class Discussions & Activities

Journal #7 Due



"The School Years/Middle Childhood"


HDEV Chapters 9 & 10

Power Point


Class Discussions & Activities

Take-Home Exam #2 Passed Out

Journal # 8 Due





HDEV Chapters 11 & 12

Power Point


Class Discussions & Activities

Exam #2 Due

Journal # 9 Due



"Early Adulthood"


HDEV Chapters 13 & 14

Power Point


Class Discussions and Activities

Journal # 10 Due



"Middle Adulthood"


HDEV Chapters 15 $ 16


Class Discussions and Activities

First Interview Assignment Due

Journal #11 Due



"Late Adulthood"


HDEV Chapters 17 & 18

Power Point


Second Interview Assignment Due

Journal # 12 Due



"Life's Final Chapter"


HDEV Chapter 19

Power Point


Class Discussions & Activities

Time Line Project Due

Take-Home Exam #3 Passed Out

Journal #13 Due



"Views & Reviews"


Power Point


Class Discussions & Activities

In Class Life Line Project

Exam #3 Due

Final Project Due

Journal #14 Due


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

Full participation requires active and thoughtful engagement in class each week. The following habits and skills are important. You'll have the opportunity to self-assess and receive instructor feedback on each of these areas at the mid-point and the end of the semester.

  • Attend classes regularly, on-time, and for the full session.
  • Complete all of the week's readings and assignments before the start of class.
  • Listen to others attentively and with an open mind.
  • Positively contribute to class discussions and activities. This includes all online discussions if assigned.
  • Ask questions and seek help when you need it.
  • Challenge yourself to do your best work.

Missing & Late Work Policy

  • All assignments are due on the date stated in the Weekly Schedule and can be turned in via Canvas or in person. Late assignments will be accepted with a reduction of 1 point for journal entries and 5 points for exams and projects (interviews, time line, and final project). If there are extenuating circumstances preventing you from completing work in a timely manner, extensions can be granted. Please speak to the instructor if this is the case.
  • If you miss a class, you are responsible for checking with the instructor or on Canvas and getting any notes, materials, and assignments for the class you missed. Please reach out and ask questions if anything is unclear.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.